Quarterly Meeting October 8

Mark your calendars!
October 8th
10 a.m.
Presbyterian Church
Florence
Potluck Lunch

We hope to have a representative from the Arizona Department of Water Resources speak to us about the Department’s stand on the Waters of the U.S. Rule and the
Forest Service Directive on Groundwater.

The agenda will be posted soon.

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agenda correction

Please note date change from September 24 to 23.

AGENDA

NRCD Coordination Planning Meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Expansion of 10J Rule for Mexican Wolf

September 23, 2014

2:00 p.m.

U of A Tech Park

9070 S Rita Road, 3rd Floor

Executive Briefing Center

Tucson, AZ 85747

Call-to-order

Apache NRCD

Hereford NRCD

Pima NRCD

Whitewater Draw NRCD

Willcox NRCD

Winkelman NRCD

Discussion and planning for meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Call to the Public

Adjourn

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agenda

AGENDA

NRCD Coordination Meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Expansion of 10J Rule for Mexican Wolf

September 24, 2014

8:00 a.m.

U of A Tech Park

9070 S Rita Road, 3rd Floor

Executive Briefing Center

Tucson, AZ 85747

Call-to-order

Apache NRCD

Hereford NRCD

Pima NRCD

Whitewater Draw NRCD

Willcox NRCD

Winkelman NRCD

Election of Chairman for meeting

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Comments

  1. Discussion of background and powers of the NRCDs

    Francie

  2. Fulfillment in NEPA analysis of district policies

    Margaret

  3. Review of district policies

    each district

  4. Border issues

    Frank, Fred

  5. Discussion of economic impacts and economic analysis in the DEIS Sheriff Dannels-sheriff’s office impacts
  6. Richard Searle-county impacts

    Steve Turcotte-local fire district impacts

    Drew McGibbon-local school impacts

    Carey Dobson, Daric Knight-impacts on ranchers, guides, local businesses

    Les Owen (maybe) problems with the economic analysis in DEIS-methodology

  7. Discussion of the scientific points of the DEIS

    Cronin-hybridization

    Mary-everything else

  8. Species of concern other than the Mexican wolf

    Jim-jaguar

    Willcox- bighorn sheep

    Bill-tortoise

  9. Wrap up-Margaret
  10. Follow up meetings
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meeting agenda

AGENDA

NRCD Coordination Planning Meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Expansion of 10J Rule for Mexican Wolf

September 24, 2014

2:00 p.m.

U of A Tech Park

9070 S Rita Road, 3rd Floor

Executive Briefing Center

Tucson, AZ 85747

Call-to-order

Apache NRCD

Hereford NRCD

Pima NRCD

Whitewater Draw NRCD

Willcox NRCD

Winkelman NRCD

Discussion and planning for meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Call to the Public

Adjourn

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Southwest Vegetation Management Association Annual Meeting

Here is information about the upcoming annual meeting of the Southwest Vegetation Management Association, to be held at the Francisco Grande Hotel, 12684 Gila Bend Highway in Casa Grande, October 28-30, 2014.

The complete flyer follows this post as an attachment, but here is an excerpt:

Our keynote speaker, Allen White, is the Invasive Species and Pesticide Coordinator for the Southwest Region of the Forest Service.  He will kick off the meeting Tuesday with a talk about the importance of partnering.  The agenda will offer talks on a variety of topics for 2 days, vendor presentations and booths, and a field trip on the third day to a location to be determined. The main theme for this year’s meeting is partnering, but there will be presentations on other topics, such as invasive mustards, a biocontrol program in northern Arizona, and an entire half-day devoted to buffelgrass topics, in cooperation with the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center. Agenda is posted at www.swvma.org.  You can register on the same website. Tuesday evening is a happy hour mixer, where you can meet other folks interested in invasive plants, and visit with our sponsors.  Lunches are included in registration;  the banquet lunch on Wednesday is followed by a short all-attendee meeting where you will be updated on what the Board has been doing the past year, and election of new officers.   And there will be raffle prizes!!

Consider becoming active in this organization by serving as an officer —  or you can nominate someone else who would like to be an officer on the board.   Send a message to the President, John Brock with nominations or your willingness to serve as an officer for a 2-year term.  (john.brock@asu.edu) Available positions are Board member, President, Vice President and Secretary.

CEU’s will be provided for Tuesday and Wednesday, and possibly also the field trip on Thursday, for state applicator license renewal (both Office of Pest Management and Arizona Department of Agriculture in Arizona), and also for Society of Range Management. Contact Patti Fenner if you would like to obtain herbicide applicator CEU’s for another state (602-432-4944).

An extra day of training/testing for new applicator certification is offered on Monday. Oct 27, for a $40 fee, which includes your lunch.

Register for the class and/or the annual meeting on our website: swvma.org!

Flyer SWVMA 28-30 Oct 2014

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teleconference meeting announcement

WINKELMAN NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Notice is hereby given to the members of the Winkelman NRCD and to the general public that the Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting open to the public via teleconference on:

Date: September 19th, 2014

Time: 7:30p.m.

Via Teleconference/call in number: 605 477 2100,

access code: 156434#

AGENDA:

Call to Order

Discussion for adoption of policy regarding the Mexican wolf non-essential population expansion under 10J Rule

Discussion of comments to submit to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Mexican wolf non-essential population expansion under 10J Rule

Discussion of comments to submit to E.P.A. concerning Waters of the U.S. proposed rule

Call to the public

Adjourn

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Draft Best Management Practices for Desert Tortoise

As you may know, the Sonoran Desert Tortoise (SDT; Gopherus morafkai), is currently a Candidate species under the Endangered Species Act, and its status is scheduled to be re-examined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) by September 2015. The Winkelman Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD) in partnership with the Arizona NRCD, Bureau of Land Management, FWS, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists has developed a Best Management Practices document for grazing in SDT habitat. The document recommends implementation of conservation measures for SDT on livestock ranches in Arizona.  This is a collaborative and cooperative effort among individual ranchers, resource agencies, and governments and fosters cooperation and exchange of information, identifies appropriate conservation efforts, and voluntarily reduces potential threats and therefore improves the species status.  The Winkelman NRCD believes that this document will be beneficial for the sustainability of the ranching industry in tortoise habitat, and will be considered by the FWS in their decision to withdraw or propose to list the SDT.  If the FWS decision ultimately is to list the species, this document can be used in a 4D Rule for livestock grazing; however, this only applies if the species is listed as threatened and not as endangered.

To ensure we seek adequate peer review of this document before publishing it as both a technical report and a scientific paper, you are invited to review and comment on the draft document.  A link to the draft document is available in MS Word at http://wnrcd.org/tortoise/ . Please use track changes, and provide your comments via email to dunnranches@yahoo.com or via U.S. mail addressed to Winkelman NRCD, PO Box 68, Mammoth, AZ 85618 by October 31, 2014.  Feel free to share this link with other interested parties; we will evaluate all comments and make any needed changes prior to publication.

Please keep in mind this is not an agency document, it is a document of the Winkelman NRCD.

Sincerely,

Bill Dunn, Chairman
Winkelman NRCD

DRAFT Best Management Practices for Desert Tortoise

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